Sunday, August 22, 2010

Revised Gluten Free, Casein Free Master Baking Mix Recipe

One of the first recipes I created when I became gluten free in 2007 was a gluten free baking mix similar to the popular "Bisquick." It's been one of my most popular recipes and I'm glad that it's such a helpful & practical recipe for so many people.

Now, 4 years later... you can actually BUY gluten free Bisquick... and if you need something fast, it is very useful. But I will warn you... the Betty Crocker GF Bisquick is not the tiniest bit healthy. And sometimes that's completely okay. If you want cake for special occasions it certainly doesn't have to be healthy... but really I want my pancakes to at least have a LITTLE bit of fiber in them... if that sounds like you too, then you'll probably really love this mix!

After initially posting the recipe one of the most frequent questions I received was how to make the mix casein free/dairy free. Many people suggested simply replacing the powdered milk in the recipe with additional tapioca starch. I didn't necessary want to offer this recommendation because tapioca starch is such a simple & unhealthy starch. I've also discovered I just don't like the taste of tapioca starch. I've always been a proponent of whole grains and I wanted to find a way to keep the mix at a high gluten free whole grain ratio.

I also wanted to remove the Crisco from the recipe. Not only does it contain soy, which I try to avoid... but I've since realized it's basically an edible form of plastic. Which is sort of gross when you think about it. I can't tell you how many people asked me what they could use instead of Crisco and at the time, I was not knowledgeable enough to give them a good answer. Now I know that you can use Spectrum Palm Shortening or Coconut Oil.. it's up to you! They both work really well. And you don't have to feel guilty about your pancakes with these healthier alternatives to Crisco!

So, at long last, here is the new revised gluten free, casein free, and soy free master baking mix. Use it cup for cup in any "Bisquick" type recipe. It's fantastic for quick breads, muffins, biscuits, etc...

Do you have a recipe you make with this homemade gluten free master baking mix? 
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Ginger Lemon Girl's Gluten Free/Casein Free 
Master Baking Mix (Like Bisquick)
Free of gluten, dairy/casein, and soy
Created by Carrie @
Printer-friendly recipe. 

3 cups brown rice flour
2 cups sorghum flour
1 1/2 cups arrowroot starch
1/2 cup potato starch
1/4 cup brown rice protein powder -or- almond flour
1/4 cup ground flax seeds (optional - great for a whole grain texture & extra fiber!)
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 cup coconut oil or spectrum palm shortening (I used spectrum)

Whisk all dry ingredients together thoroughly. Cut in shortening, until it is thoroughly mixed into the dry ingredients and looks like tiny peas. Store in a tightly-sealed container in fridge or pantry.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes to use this wonderful mix: 

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